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La Règle du jeu [1939] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély, Odette Talazac
  • Directors: Jean Renoir
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun. 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009KOWM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,929 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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La Règle du jeu
A film by Jean Renoir

Denigrated by the public, vilified by the critics, re-cut at the insistence of its producers, and finally banned by the French government as demoralising and unpatriotic, La Règle du jeu was a commercial disaster at the time of its original release. On the surface, a series of interlinked romantic intrigues taking place at a weekend shooting party in a country chateau, the film is in fact a study of corruption and decay within French society on the eve of the outbreak of World War II. Its reputation firmly restored, Renoir's brilliant comedy is now widely recognized as one of the greatest films ever made.

DVD extras include an absorbing documentary on the making of La Règle du jeu, directed by Pierre Oscar Lévy (1987) for the series Image par Image.

France | 1939 | black & white | French language, English subtitles | 110 minutes | Academy ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD

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Actually filmed at the end of the Second World War, La Régle du Jeu confused the public by its dark and modern undertone. Indeed Jean Renoir shows us through a tragic love triangle the acidic face of French society at the end of the 1930s. It was received at its French premiere with such hostility (the theatre was almost set on fire), that the distributors were granted the right to cut some of the then-offensives scenes. Booed by the public and mutilated by censorship, Renoir's black sheep has since won a share of greatness in the French cinematic pantheon. This prophetic movie is now studied in every film course, and celebrities such as Gérard Depardieu or director Emir Kusturica are open admirers of this rich piece of cinema. Rewarding an infinite number of viewings, one never gets bored with La Régle du Jeu's tale of a hunting party in Sologne (followed by a more intimate one at a castle) where masters and servants outwit each other in a game of black humour and cruelty, a work made all the more memorable because of the astounding performances of its remarkable actors. --David Mikanowski, Amazon.fr --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Wonderful classic French film. Arrived on time and I recommend the film.
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Everything fine.
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Masterpiece by Jean Renoir about social conventions and conformism in society.
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One of only two films I've seen by Renoir, the other being La Grand Illusion which I like but don't think it's his masterpiece. Just watched La Regle du jeu for the second time and loved it as much as the first (at least ten years ago), his masterpiece indeed.
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dated, self conscious drivel. didn't merit ranking in top films.
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A film that has resonance even today, a brilliant satirical look at society that actually holds up over the seven decades since it's creation.
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I purchased this DVD using a top 50 films list from the BFI (British film institute).
Previously I had never heard of it.
I didn't fall in love with it, but I didn't hate it either.
It seems to be one of those films that critics and film students have come to admire.
I read about the film portraying a vision of French society just prior to World War 2.
Personally, and it is only my opinion I will not be watching it again.
My guess is the film has become part of the required watching for those undertaking courses in cinematography and social history.
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La Règle du jeu has had a chequered history: poorly received by critics and public alike on its initial release in 1939, and subsequently banned by the French government for being unpatriotic and demoralising, it was subsequently re-established as a masterpiece by the New Wave. Within the film itself, the tone is equally erratic, or all-embracing, depending on one's view. Ostensibly about a house party for the rich in pre-World War 1 France, it veers between social observation, farce, and tragedy, and it is never quite clear how we are meant to regard the characters. Renoir famously said that everyone has their reasons, and this broad humanity is probably the guiding light of the film; nevertheless it is the portrait of a society in decay, class-ridden, which Renoir hated, and the romantic entanglements of the super-wealthy are both self-indulgent and quite affecting, viewed through this wide prism. On the technical side, Renoir's camera takes in scenes with many characters with aplomb, and the plotting is also remarkably tight, with about eight main characters who are each shown to have their private reasons. Nora Gregor as the Austrian Marquise de la Chesnaye, the hostess, is both beguiling and somehow lacking all sense of proportion, acting a bit like an 18-year-old; the actress brings it off well, as does Marcel Dalio as her slightly foppish but forbearing husband. Renoir himself has a key role, and Roland Toutain is dashing as the straight-as-a-die aviator. Below stairs the goings-on are equally dramatic, if not more so, with guns going off in a prolonged sequence of party mayhem. It reaches a pitch of hysteria which shows the handling of a master filmmaker, although the theatrical performance scenes have more charm and even cinematic magic in La Grande Illusion of two years before.Read more ›
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